The Soho is not only one of the liveliest neighborhoods of London, but also a well-known destination by the gay community from all over the world. Among the unbelievable amount of bars, restaurants, trendy shops and clubs, London is also the home of a less-known kind of venue: gay cruising bars and clubs. These places are popular meeting points where fetish, BDSM, military looks, nudism, and rubber are all welcome. Gay cruising bars in London are surprisingly old and they’ve been a part of London’s gay scene during 25 or even 30 years, whereas in many other cities, gay cruising venues are something relatively recent. In this article you can find some of London’s hotspots.
After more than 30 years offering gay Londoners a place to have uncensored fun, The Backstreet is one of the oldest gay cruising bars in London. In fact, it is a meeting point for leather fetish and rubber lovers. In this bar, far from dancing mainstream pop hits, music is almost irrelevant. Its regulars prefer to get lost in the dark cruising area. They are very strict with the dress code.
THE UNDERGROUND CLUB @ CENTRAL STATION
Close to King’s Cross is The Underground club, a gay cruising bar in London for house and electronic music lovers. The Underground organizes weekly theme parties, so it is advised to check their website to find out the dress code required before heading to the club. However, unlike similar venues, during the weekend it is a bit more relaxed and the dancing area gets busy (while the cruising area it is always busy, both during the week and on weekends).
It is in the heart of Soho and it might be the reason why it is one of the busiest gay cruising bars in London. It has a nice bar area plus a gay cruising zone with gay porn videos, playground and themed nights (i.e. naked, underwear…). The Vault visitors are very mixed, counting many locals but also a lot of tourists who want to discover the naughty side of London’s gay life.
Ted’s Place has been active for more than 20 years, however, it is still one of the busiest gay cruising bars in London. The wealthy West London is the home of this cozy venue which has a special vibe, with no weird vibes at all. This very laid back atmosphere with a nice service makes regular customers loyal to Ted’s Place. Among all the themed parties organized by Ted’s Place, the ones on Thursdays and Sundays’ night are dedicated to transexual and transvestites.
HARD ON @ BLOC SOUTH
Once a month, Bloc South, one of the most popular club in Vauxhall organizes Hard On. This gay cruising party is a must for those who love boots, uniforms, rubber, leather and any other fetish. Besides having a very complete playground (dark room, sling maze, glory holes, wet area…), Hard On also has a popular dancing area, the best DJs, and awesome performances.